Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-40 meditation verse by Rudolf Steiner. For a brief introduction to this project, please see my posts from last week and the week before. See also where you can see a range of translations into English and other languages.

Soul-Calendar-40 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-40 meditation
January 5-11th
Und bin ich in den Geistestiefen,
Erfüllt in meinen Seelengründen
Aus Herzens Liebewelten
Der Eigenheiten leerer Wahn
Sich mit des Weltenwortes Feuerkraft.

My translation:

And am I in the Spirit’s-depths,
Then pervades in my Soul-grounds
From Heart’s Love-worlds
The idiosyncratic empty delusion
Itself with the world-word’s fire-strength.

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-40 meditation

In the Calendar of the Soul there is a never-ending, dynamic relationship between the outer and inner worlds, as each changes rhythmically, throughout the seasons. Briefly, in the summer, the outer world is pervaded by warmth and our soul-life is drawn out into the world, perhaps even losing itself in the blossoming of nature, burgeoning colours and easy life. In winter, in contrast, nature is withdrawn, yet more clearly contoured, the branches of the trees now stand out in clear outlines, the air is crisp and cold, I am drawing into myself and my inner force of thinking is re-awakened. In Spring and Autumn, I can experience transitioning between these extremes. 

In sould-calendar-40, I read no explicit description of the mood out there in nature, but feel I am invited to experience my inner mood, my inner world in its full clarity. With the darkest nights and the shortest days having only just passed, I may still place myself in the very depths of spirit, of inner experience. The outer world provides minimum distraction. There, within, I may get an inkling that the heart, my heart, is a world in itself, a world filled with the most profound and selfless, universal love. This may not be obvious to start with, but contemplating the heart's worlds of love or 'love-worlds' may help me to lift myself out of, or above my usual, day-to-day self. I have a glimpse of the limits of this work-a-day idiosyncratic personality of mine. Who am I really? Perhaps in a flash or a sudden moment of trust I allow that lower self to dissolve, then to fill up with, become embued with something much larger. Something truly cosmic may then take the place of this lower self, blazing through it and filling it up with the fire, the burning love and the absolute clarity of the 'world-word' the original creative force of the world, of which I, as a higher I, as a thinking-myself-into-being-I, am fully a part.

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